Justin Olivetti

Senior Reporter

A casual gamer and long-time MMO fan, Justin is often heard yelling, "Player housing for all!" in the Massively Overpowered offices. In addition to news, he tackles LOTRO Legendarium for LOTRO, The Perfect Ten, Jukebox Heroes, the retrospective Game Archaeologist series, One Shots, and the Massively OP podcast.

Personal blog: BioBreak
Twitter: @sypster

Wynncraft fashioned a free MMO out of Minecraft

Love MMOs? Have a hankering for Minecraft? Your desire for the two aren’t mutually exclusive in the case of Wynncraft!

If you haven’t heard about it already, Wynncraft is a really impressive community-made MMO using Minecraft as its bones and sinew. The free game takes place on one of the largest seamless maps in Minecraft and has all of the staples that you’d come to expect from a fantasy F2P MMO: quests, dungeons, loot, crazy cosmetics, leveling, events, exploring, and all manner of aggressive mobs.

Wynncraft’s team boasts that the game has already seen over one million players pour through its gates in the four or so years that the project has been active. Get a brief glimpse of what it looks like below!

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The MOP Up: Neverwinter’s green beetle fiasco (May 21, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from TERARendTree of SaviorDragon NestNeverwinterArmored WarfareEVE OnlineOverwatchARKWakfuDestiny, and Pokemon Go, all waiting for you after the break!

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APB Reloaded brainstorms a ‘gangland survival mode’

See if you can follow the chain of progression here. In APB Reloaded’s most recent dev diary, the team says that it’s about done ironing out issues and fighting DDoS attacks in its console versions (problems that have been going on since early April). Once that is done, the devs want to bring some of these improvements and optimizations to the PC and figure the best way to do that is… by creating a new game mode. Because stress testing or something?

Honestly, it sounds like they’re trying hard to emulate the popularity of other titles: “Seeing the success of Battlegrounds and H1Z1 survival mode, we realized we have almost all the ingredients in APB to create a gangland survival game, and we want to your help to make this event as fun as possible.”

Jump on that survival bandwagon! If the proposed event is popular enough, APB hopes to incorporate it as a regular game mode following the summer.

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One Shots: Head of the class

What do you do if you’re a sentient stone head who has been tasked with centuries of guard duty? You probably do a lot of lounging around on a cushy chair, waiting for some Dudley Do Right to wander your way and agree to do your job for you.

Miol sends in this odd Guild Wars 2 shot from the Living Story Season 3 in response to my call for goofy screenshots: “How about a literal talking head? Silly enough?” Well, it’s noggin I like, but noggin I hate, either.

Yeah, I’ll just show myself out. Sorry about that.

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Albion Online’s final pre-launch update is uprooting cities left and right

Before Albion Online seizes its destiny and launches on July 17th, it is going to have one last hot, sexy fling in testing with a guy named Hector. Well, it’s an update named Hector, but I can’t be the only one who thinks that this “naming patches after your ex-boyfriends” trend is getting a little played out for this sandbox MMO.

Other than slightly wilted flowers and a strong aftershave, what is Hector going to bring when he knocks on your door? The update will remove cities from the Outlands and relocate resources in that region. For players who have stuff in those city banks or plots in those cities, you’re going to want to pack up and get your goods out of there before June 7th.

Get the full development recap after the break and keep your summer spicy!

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LOTRO Legendarium: Bingo Boffin’s unexpected journey

In addition to playing a lot of fantasy and sci-fi MMORPGs, I’m an avid reader of novels in the same genres. I never quite get tired of heroes growing into their own and then going on a journey of discovery and salvation over the course of one or more books.

It’s natural for me to compare the journeys I read in novels to the ones I experience in MMOs, and in some ways, online RPGs have forgotten or overlooked some of the elements that make the fantasy journey so gripping. Our characters start out already grown, already powerful, already killing machines that will save the world numerous times over. Our grand quest is usually nothing more than seeking even more power, gear, and experience points. Due to this, the whole process of progressing through a game is streamlined into a well-honed but somewhat soulless loop.

But what if a game took the time to reexamine the journey outside of the pressure to provide an optimal leveling and narrative path to the next world boss that needs extermination? What if there was a mission chain that took the inconsequential and made it essential, that was structured in such a way to more resemble books than eroded gameplay design?

Enter Bingo Boffin, the unlikeliest hero of them all, and his unique journey across Middle-earth with you in tow.

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Second Life bunnies doomed to death

If Second Life had a mascot, other than a pile of soiled sex toys, it might just be Ozimals. These are adorable little bunnies that can be bred to produce all kinds of rare and interesting patterns and could interact with AI scripts. There’s apparently been a thriving industry and subculture raging around these fluffy hareballs that’s involved marketplaces and real-world money.

Well all of that activity — and many of the Ozimals themselves — is coming to a sad end today. Earlier this week, the operator of Ozimals received a cease-and-desist letter ordering the market to be shut down. It turns out that the bunnies were cobbled together using intellectual property from different owners, leaving the critters vulnerable to such legal maneuvering.

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The Daily Grind: What’s the right length for an MMO event?

Is it just me, or is the latest fad among MMORPGs to stage incredibly brief in-game events? Like blink — or have a 12-hour shift — and you’ve missed it. Well, maybe not that short, but events of just a small handful of days seem to be popping up here and there.

To me, a good in-game event knows exactly how long to be around to allow everyone to participate and accomplish their goals without overstaying its welcome. Like a welcome houseguest, I suppose. Events that blip right by me, especially ones that had desirable rewards, can be frustrating, but so can those events that never seem to leave. Ever. Maybe we should start charging them rent or something.

How long do you think is ideal? What’s the right length for an MMO event? For a bonus credit, point to an MMO event you’ve done in the past year that met your timing criteria!

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PSA: Wild Terra hosts a free weekend

Here’s a possible option for your gaming weekend, especially if you have a hankering for some sandbox freedom: Wild Terra is opening up its doors to everyone from May 19th through the 21st to play as much as they want for free.

The free weekend is being coupled with a 15% off sale on the official site, bringing the price down to $12.74 for the early access title.

Wild Terra recently revealed that it is working on “unique rare equipment” that will be crafted using standard equipment and special drops from chests.

Source: Steam

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Neverwinter’s Shroud of Souls takes to consoles on June 20

The undead are rising, an alternate version of the city of Neverwinter opens its doors, and the challenges for MMO players never let up. Cryptic is pleased to announce this week that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will be receiving Neverwinter’s Shroud of Souls module on June 20th, a month and a half after the update landed on PC.

Shroud of Souls contains new storylines, the build-swapping loadouts feature, a great hall for guild strongholds, and the stronghold siege mode. “Shroud of Souls will take adventurers to Evernight, a twisted reflection of Neverwinter inhabited by both unsavory living residents and the undead. Heroes will also enter the Shard of Night, a spire from the Plane of Shadows belonging to the Netherese,” introduced the devs.

Refresh your memory on what this modole contains with a developer vlog after the jump!

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Dark and Light lets you kill, harvest, and stitch together magic pets

Imagine you’re a hunter. Imagine that for every deer you kill, you take a part of it home with you and keep it in a jar, like that’s a sane thing to do. And imagine that if you collect enough parts, you can velcro them together to make a loyal deer pet of your very own. Your mind just went to a dark place, didn’t it? Sorry about that.

Well, this totally normal activity is programmed into the feature set of Dark and Light, but instead of your stock deer, you can harvest elementals to make your own companion. We wonder how they feel about that, being sentient magical Frankenstein monsters assembled from murdered relatives.

“Newer explorers should steer clear if they happen across a wild one,” the devs advise in a new dev blog, “but more experienced players can kill elementals and harvest them for powerful magical cores. These cores can be used as crafting reagents for high-level items and spells, or, once enough cores have been collected, they can be used to summon a tamed elemental of your very own.”

Source: Steam

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PSA: Hearthstone is giving away a free Fight Promoter card on Saturday

Hearthstone players are always on the lookout for ways to beef up their collection without having to spend more money, even if it is just a free card here or there. Well, this Saturday Blizzard is giving away a 4/4 Fight Promoter card just for fun.

This comes on top of another promotion in which Hearthstone is doling out three Journey to Un’Goro packs to anyone who logs in this month. Even if you don’t currently play Hearthstone, it might be worth the five minutes to load up the game and grab these freebies for future play.

Source: Touch Arcade

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Is Cryptic Studios creating a Magic: The Gathering MMO?

For years now, we have been pondering what “top secret” project might be in development over at Cryptic Studios. Well, the studio isn’t talking — yet — but there are indicators that suggest that Cryptic might be working or collaborating on an MMO set in the Magic: The Gathering universe.

PCGamesN connects a few sparse dots to point to such a project, noting that Cryptic ex-devs have gone over to work for Wizards of the Coast and that a new Cryptic job posting for an art director on the unnamed title mentions that the game will be “based on an extremely exciting, well-known fantasy IP.”

“We’re very excited about what we’re working on,” Cryptic has had posted on its top secret project page. “Our top secret work represents our continued commitment to diversify and reach beyond the boundaries of traditional MMORPG gaming.”

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